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G.D. Vajra, Barolo - Bricco delle Viole 2004

86.50 76.95 -- 94 points - RP

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G.D. Vajra, Barolo - Bricco delle Viole 2004

Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
Wine Advocate # 185
Oct 2009
Antonio Galloni 94 Drink: 2014 - 2024 $75 (75)
The 2004 Barolo Bricco delle Viole has lost that touch of freshness that is still found in the 2005. The structured, layered 2004 has begun to develop wonderful complexity in its tobacco, leather, licorice, spices, minerals and menthol. In another few years it should be a magical wine, but for now patience is required. This is another sublime Barolo in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

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  • Winter's Hill, Pinot Noir - Cuvee du Vigneron, Dundee Hills 2005 -- Bouquet: Intense, full blackberry flavor with a hint of black currant and vanilla. Palette: Blackberry, white pepper with a hint of chocolate and eucalyptus for complexity. Structure: Strong acids and good tannins for rightly balanced wine full and long into the finish. Dish to go with: Roast Beef, Lasagna Bolognese, marinated pork.Winery Notes

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